Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

FA Cup: City's Predicted Starting XI v Wigan

FA Cup: City's Predicted Starting XI v Wigan

Pep Guardiola has hinted he will field a strong team against League One side Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Monday evening.

Monday 19 February 2018
FA Cup Fifth Round
DW Stadium
Wigan Athletic v Manchester City
Kick off 7:55pm GMT
Referee - Anthony Taylor
Live on TV within the UK on BBC One

Guess whose back in training?

Down from seven injuries two weeks ago to just one (left-back Benjamin Mendy - knee) Pep, for the first time in a while is spoilt for choice.

Pep's Pre-Match Press Conference

'I saw the game (Wigan) against Bournemouth. Bournemouth are one of the teams I like to watch the most in the Premier League and they were able to beat them.

'And I think in the FA Cup, every season, there are a lot of surprises. We are going to prepare as good as possible for this game.

'All throughout history you always have these kind of situations happen.

'It would be good for my players not to think too much of the final next Sunday. They think about the final next Monday.

'I think that is the important thing for that game.

'It's one game, the chance to go to the quarter finals and we are going to prepare as much as we can.'

Predicted Starting XI

Pep will keep faith with domestic cup competition favourite Claudio Bravo in goal. Meanwhile, I have a sneaky suspicion we'll see Yaya Toure playing centre midfield alongside Ilkay Gundogan with Fernandinho just behind.

My other gut feeling is that Pep will give Gabriel Jesus a runout (60 minutes) as a lone striker.

 photo Starting XI v Wigan_zpsuu0nethm.jpg

Come on CITY!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Sunday February 18 2018
Time: 8:08AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester City Articles

Plane Hopping

Today's eight hour flight from Abu Dhabi to Manchester will see 14 senior City players find themselves hopping from one aircraft to another as they prepare..

The Ped UCL Draw Report

Hotballers Get Their Precise Wish...I Wonder Why?

Best Of Blue Moon Rising TV & What The Boys Do Now

Paul Walsh, Steven Mcinerney and Alex Hylton were the backbone of the now defunct Manchester City fans YouTube channel, Blue Moon Rising TV.

Concept City Kit Causes A Stir

This part of the season always has plenty of exciting things going on and one of those facets, that I always enjoy, is the amount of kit concepts we see coming out.

Manchester City Archived Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
Johnny Baguette
no email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

UCL quarter-finals: City face Liverpool
Suggested By: Tudor
As a Blue I'm delighted8%
Would have preferred another team45%
Not bothered either way47%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures

Vital Members League Table

1.Johnny Baguette363
3.Buzz Lightyear179
5.Colin Is The King148
Vital Football Comment